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RATINGS: 63   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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For the first ever SweetWater anniversary beer (yeah it took us 15 years), we went back to our roots, dusted off our original ESB recipe, and gave it a big olí bump. The recipe consists of 7 malts, one of which Kevin toasted personally in his toaster oven, just like the old days, and 5 different styles of hops. In true Sweetwater style, there is no style, but itís big, bold, and meant to grow old, meaning this beer will be fantastic out of the gate, or you can lay her down in the cellar for many years to come.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - FEB 26, 2012
Draft at Barleyís in Knoxville. Pours reddish brown with small beige head. The aroma is fruity with lots of fresh hops, some white raisin, a woody note, hint of passionfruit, and something that reminds me of tropical sugars. The flavor is woody hops with the same passionfruit note I got in the nose. There is also a bit of citrus quality there. The malt profile is white raisin and honey. A spritzy lime note comes toward the finish, which is dryish with some pine. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Butters (3762) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 26, 2012
Sampled at Brewvival 2012. Clearish copper pour with fair tan head. sweet, syrupy, caramel, molasses, some bitterness from hops, but not enough to balance it our. Lots of residual sweetness. Not impressed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SSSteve (3768) - - FEB 25, 2012
bottle. clear orange with a small white head. sweet cotton candy nose with fruity hops. very balanced. a bigger version of motor boat. sweet but balanced with fruity hops. full body. a bit boozy in finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (8536) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 25, 2012
Draft at Brewvival 2012 under the 15 Years of Heady Beers name. Pours a clear copper color with a medium frothy tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of caramel, herbal hops, raisins and toasted malts. The taste is caramel, toffee, stone fruits, hoppy finish. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bigoldbo (3) - - FEB 24, 2012 does not count
An Imperial Amber Ale? caramel, resin, grass, alcohol, Aromas Appearance; amber, clear, minimal head, with almost no lacing. Palate; medium body, creamy, soft carbonation, I really enjoyed this beer by the end of the bomber and was ready for another

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jrob21 (2558) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 20, 2012
Bomber. Deep orange color. Big citrusy aroma backed up by a solid caramel malt body. The hops could come through in the flavor a little better but ou give that up for the full bodied malt flavor. Finish does have a little pine and resin.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hangover (1058) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - FEB 20, 2012
Nice copper pour with a thin tan head. Aroma is sweet and malty with some caramel and alcohol. Flavor is very malty, with hints of molasses, licorice and dried dark fruit. I would actually call this one a tad on the harsh side but the bottle did state that it could be aged. I imagine this would mellow it out a bit and make it even smoother if given a bit more time. Still, itís a nice, malty ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drowland (6024) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - FEB 19, 2012
2/19/12. 22oz bottle. Slightly hazed reddish brown pour with a small khaki head that fades to a sloppy ring and barely laces at all. Slightly sweet aroma with caramel, grassy hops, a bit of minerally dryness, and more sweetness. Slightly sweet caramel flavor with a bit of tartness and more dry minerals with lingering papery sweetness and cloying sweetness. Meh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Westmeister (1749) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 13, 2012
Bottle. First sip hmmm just ok. Second thatís different. Then by the third I truly think they crafted something unique and beautiful here. Pours a amber/ruby with thin head. After a few sips not much lace but more of a syrupy film. Smell is sweet caramel, bread, dark ripe fruits and sugar cane. Taste initially was sweet caramel but lends to some dark fruit, breadiness, earthy hops, more caramel, cotton candy, some yeast. For 10%, it doesnít show hardly any booze, however it is quite sweet, but in a very soft and not sickening way. In fact, the whole flavor profile is rich and full, but very mild. Reminds me of the bastard love child of an imperial amber, quad and barley wine. Mouthfeel is sloshy and oily. Very nice.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
nathan30533 (601) - Dahlonega, Georgia, USA - FEB 12, 2012
Perfect score! I donít understand what the other guys are drinking but maybe thatís because Iím a big IPA/ Double IPA/ Rhye IPA/ESP guy. I love this one from the word start. Smells of sooooo many aromas like a good Belgium you dream about. Then the sweetness and wonderful hops. Good lacing. Great color. Great beer and thank you again to the wonderful sweetwater team for this one! Perfect Score!!

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